Agreement And Consensus Stage

Radical Routes is a British self-help network with about forty member cooperatives. Decisions are made by consensus using a delegates` assembly structure. The network meets four times a year in business meetings to make a large number of decisions, including the processing of proposals from member cooperatives for the Radical Routes Credit Fund. 2) Identification and recruitment of participants: problems usually solved by consensus building have several stakeholders. In addition to the obvious parties, there are often people who “prowl” backstage, but are not noisy, so they are not so visible. However, they will be affected by the outcome of a decision and could block a decision if it harms them. It is therefore important to involve these people and meet their needs. One argument in favor of voting is that it`s quick – because it takes less time to find a solution that only half of the people in the room agree with. This can be useful if the decision is not very important or if the situation is urgent and each decision is better than none. By consensus, people might opt for the majority opinion for these reasons. However, voting creates winners and losers, which can foster competition and mistrust. For decisions that have a real impact on the people involved, it`s usually worth seeking full support.

Variations in consensus have been used worldwide and over time. Here are some examples: Block: A block always prevents the continuation of a proposal. He expressed an objection in principle. It`s not “I don`t really like it” or “I liked the other idea better.” Some groups say that the block means, “I have to leave the group if that`s the case.” The group can either start working on a new proposal or look for amendments to overcome the objection. In cases where the blockage is due to a fundamental disagreement with the group`s goals, it might be more appropriate for the person to leave. The Quäker model has been adapted by Earlham College for application to secular environments and can be effectively applied in any consensual decision-making process. Make sure everyone understands the proposal and check that people have concerns. Look for amendments that would address these concerns. If it becomes obvious at this point that some people have strong reservations, you can see if you can find another, better option.